Today’s Happy Note: Sleeping in! I don’t work until 10 some mornings. I passed out at eleven last night and woke up at nine this morning. I felt wonderful!
Today was just one of those days where I wasn’t happy, wasn’t sad, wasn’t angry or excited or anxious. It’s not that I didn’t feel anything, it was all just sort of murky. Hard to describe. Not really like I was in a funk but just sort of…cloudy? Not gloomy though. I am generally a very emotionally sensitive person and I feel things very deeply; this was almost a welcome break. I wasn’t depressed or moody at all. I guess the day just sort of glided by and now that it’s over I can’t quite characterize it — like it was a grainy photograph.
I spent two hours with friends this evening doing stuff for work. I had a really wonderful moment somewhere in there where I forgot about all my problems. I love how friends can do that. I realized that I wasn’t thinking about food or money or sadness. I wasn’t berating myself over my size. I was just me. I love how being with people I care about sometimes solves all my problems.
Friends and loved ones, of course, cannot fix everything. Sometimes there is a deeper sadness. But, as L has helped me figure out, it is possible to survive the sadder times. I will survive.
A few weeks ago I was having a particularly anxious day at therapy and L asked me what helps me calm down. Running, reading quietly, taking a nap, and just sitting with someone I love who cares about me. That last one really is a big thing, and I am coming to see more and more lately how healthy relationships affect me. When I told her my list, she said simply, “I care about you.”
It was one of the nicest things someone has said to me in a long while. Reason number 14224 why I love her.
Do I add nut butter to everything I eat? No. Just most things.
Confession: I just realized that part of the reason my dinners never fill me up is that I am afraid to have it in more than one plate or bowl. Which means there is usually only one thing involved, and that is never enough! Tonight I had a big bowl of oats with peaches and dark chocolate and a small bowl of yogurt with coconut and a sprinkling of trail mix. It did the trick.
I have been loving me some grains lately — literally craving them, which is pretty unusual for me. I tend to fear excess carbs, but let’s face it: no one ever died because they were eating too much oats and brown rice and millet.
Today was a rest day. Normally I do weights and kickboxing on Mondays, but between a long run yesterday and speed work tomorrow, I wanted something a bit calmer. I did a little over three miles walking and 20 minutes of yoga and abs. I don’t like waking up super early to run and would prefer to do it around three or four, ideally, but it is going to be hot hot hot tomorrow so I know I have to get out by seven. Uh-oh, that means it’s past my bedtime now!
Goodnight, sleep tight.
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